With his wife and three children supporting him from the front row, Dennis DiLorenzo was sworn-in to his first term as president of the Harrison Board of Education Wednesday.
DiLorenzo was the unanimous choice to replace former president Joan Tiburzi. The board also elected Abby Mendelsohn vice president. Each will serve a one-year term.
"I think it's going to be an exciting year for us, a lot of new initiatives coming on and (I'm looking forward to) continuing our good work," DiLorenzo said.
Newly re-elected trustees Philip Silano, David Singer and Paul Curtis were also sworn into office for new three-year terms. Harrison Superintendent Louis Wool was also re-sworn into his position.
DiLorenzo, who is beginning his sixth year on the board, said he is looking forward to the new responsibility. He said he is excited to oversee the addition of the International Baccalaureate program at the high school this fall.
"I'm honored that the board voted me in," he said. "The board president really is a representative of the board and a voice of the will of the board...I'm representing the voice of seven people so that's exciting."
Mendelsohn thanked the previous board president for her service and said she hopes to continue to move the district in a positive direction.
"I'm very appreciative of the opportunity," she said. "Staying focused on what we've sort of set forth as our priorities, which is making sure that our program is serving every kid that we have promised to serve."